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Before the current evolution series ES44s the General Electric manufactured Dash 9 series locomotives for North America.
These high tech locomotives were C44-9, C44-9W and the AC-version
AC4400. While the AC-version (asynchronous current) was priced much
higher than the DC (direct current) versions many railroad like BNSF
Railway preferred the cheaper version, which still could do the work.
The production series of the locomotives were built between
1993 and 2004, following the successfull Dash-8 series (C44-8W,
C40-8W, B40-8W, etc.). Ultimately over 5000 of the Dash-9s were
built! Of these over 2000 to BNSF and it's predecessors alone. The
Dash-9 series provides reliable power for operations in the mountains
and plains as well, serving in many cases in multiple unit consists for
stack trains as well as hauling bulk commodities like coal. Unlike the
competitor EMD the General Electric was fast to provide service for the
railroads to supplement its production. With the highly succesfull
Dash-9 series this lead to dominant market share in the North America.
The best way to keep the customer happy is to always make sure the
locomotives is in the optimally good shape.
Picture: The Heritage 2 painted BNSF C44-9W / Dash9-44W is the lead unit of the mixed freight from Bakersfield over the Tehachapi pass to Bartstow. 3 C44-9W units and a couple of Geeps provide enough power for the 100+ cars train for a successful mountain crossing. Picture by John McKey.
Some of the key issues for a success for General Electric during the Dash9 period:
specifications for General Electric C44-9W/C44-9/C40-9W
Fuel capacity: 18900 liters / 5000 gallons
One of the spotting features for the Dash-9 series is the large
radiator at the end of the long hood. Here a BNSF C44-9W number 5371 in
Bakersfield. Picture by John McKey.
Created for 4rail.net by John McKey. Pictures by Ilkka Siissalo and John McKey.
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General Electric ES44AC/DC locomotives Page. The newest in state of the art product line. These locomotives are built to handle even the toughest routes, trains and handling while providing comfortable environment for the train personnel.
General Electric C44-9W/AC4400 locomotives Page. The previous generation with around 5000 units built! Durable and popular locomotive for heavy duties.
Russian railroads RZD employs an incredible 1, 3 million people! Take a look at the locomotive types of the east!
Traxx family of locomotives by Bombardier has been very successfull in Europe. Take a look at the 4rail.net Traxx Locomotives Page!
The Re460 is a popular locomotive originating from the Lok2000 program of Switzerland. Design by Pininfarina further helped to spread this high quality type. Last of the locomotives were built by Bombardier and later the production replaced by now highly popular Traxx platform.
JT42/Class66 is one of the most common diesel locomotive types in Europe. Look at the Class 66 Page to find out more about the success.
Train Recognition guide (now in construction) will help you recognize around 300 of the most common locomotive, EMU and DMU types!
High Speed Section of the 4rail.net brings you the latest and the history of the over 50 most common super high speed and high speed trains. In this area there are always interesting things going on.
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General Electric ES44AC / ES44DC